#1 - Anti-Sprawl in Cincinnati
Two guest speakers will give a brief
presentation and lead discussion of the City
of Cincinnati’s Land Development Code
initiative, called “Plan Build Live,” which
among other objectives is a strong move
against sprawl in the region.
The initiative received a major grant
from the Federal Department of Housing
and Urban Development, so the City could
re-examine and rewrite all the regulations
that touch on land development in the City.
By replacing years worth of regulations
that were modeled on suburban settings,
the new rules will allow the region’s core
city to be more honestly urban, promoting
the advantages of walkable neighborhoods,
bicycling and wise reuse of alreadydeveloped
land, instead of constantly
chewing up more farm and wilderness areas.
The presenters will be planning
consultant Della Rucker, and City Senior
Planner Cameron Ross. The presentation
is being organized and facilitated by Sam
McKinley, Miami Group Sierra Club Chair.
# 2 - Citizen Science & Water
What is a Water Sentinel?
Matt Trokan will give a presentation
on becoming a water sentinel. Matt is
currently working with the Sierra Club as a
Conservation Manager for the Clean Water
Sierra Club Water Sentinels work
to restore, improve and protect Ohio’s
waterways. Water Sentinels receive the
training, equipment, and support to become
citizen scientist. Like detectives, Water
Sentinels track down sources of pollution.
Matt Trokan received a B.A. in history
from Xavier University in 2003 and a
M.A. in environmental study from The
Evergreen State College in 2009. Matt
has over a decade of public service and
community development experience. As an
environmentalist Matt has worked hard to
develop resource conservation efforts, and
has recently, been offering training courses
on becoming a water sentinel.